Understanding Meat Grades and Halal: Why Quality Matters at Brazos

At Brazos, we pride ourselves on offering our customers the finest dining experience possible. A significant part of that experience comes from the quality of our ingredients, particularly our meat. Understanding meat grades and our commitment to using Halal meat can help you appreciate why we prioritize premium quality and how it impacts the taste and texture of your meal.

What Are Meat Grades?

Meat grading is a system used to evaluate the quality of meat based on various factors such as marbling (the amount of intramuscular fat), color, texture, and age of the animal. In the United States, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is responsible for grading beef. There are several grades, but the most commonly found in restaurants and grocery stores are Prime, Choice, and Select.

  1. USDA Prime:
    • Quality: The highest grade, USDA Prime, is known for its abundant marbling, which makes the meat extremely tender, juicy, and flavorful.
    • Use: This grade is often served in high-end steakhouses and is ideal for grilling, roasting, and broiling.
  2. USDA Choice:
    • Quality: Slightly lower in marbling than Prime but still good quality. USDA Choice is tender, juicy, and flavorful.
    • Use: This grade is versatile and suitable for a variety of cooking methods, including grilling, roasting, and braising.
  3. USDA Select:
    • Quality: Leaner than Prime and Choice, USDA Select has less marbling, making it less tender and juicy but still of good quality.
    • Use: Best when marinated or cooked with methods that enhance tenderness, such as slow cooking.

Our Commitment to Halal Meat

In addition to prioritizing premium meat grades, Brazos is also committed to using Halal meat in our dishes. Halal meat is prepared according to dietary laws, ensuring that it is not only of high quality but also ethically sourced and processed. Here’s why this matters:

Why We Choose Premium and Halal Meat at Brazos

At Brazos, we believe in offering the best quality to our customers, which is why we prioritize using USDA Prime grades for our dishes, as well as ensuring our meat is Halal. Here’s why:

The Impact on Pricing

We understand that premium and Halal quality comes at a higher cost, but we believe it’s a worthwhile investment. By choosing higher grades of meat, we ensure that our dishes not only taste better but also offer better nutritional value and dining satisfaction. We aim to provide value for your money by serving meals that you can’t easily replicate at home.

Your Feedback Matters

We constantly strive to improve and provide the best for our customers. We value your feedback and are always open to hearing your thoughts on our offerings. Your support helps us maintain the high standards that make Brazos a unique dining destination.


Choosing premium and Halal meat grades is a commitment to quality that we at Brazos take very seriously. We believe that our customers deserve the best, and we are dedicated to delivering exceptional flavor and tenderness in every dish. Thank you for choosing Brazos, and we look forward to serving you the finest Mediterranean cuisine with the highest quality ingredients.